Access to SEDN data
SEDN wants its data to be used. That is why we collect it. You do not have to pay for it because, as taxpayers and citizens, you have already paid for it and it is only fair that it should be yours by right. Ecological consultants are welcome to use the data, as are researchers, conservationists, planners and citizens groups. Our only restrictions are that we do not permit the data to be sold on as raw data; users need to be aware that they may not trespass on private land to see a rare species; and anyone using the data must acknowledge the source of the records (both SEDN and the recorder/recording group). Treat the data as intellectual property.
Understanding SEDN’s data
We have a master database in Excel format. It contains some 900,000 records (as of February 2017). This database sits in a Dropbox folder where it is available to all the Steering Group, funders and contributors to SEDN. We don’t have any particular objection to anyone having access to the whole database, but we would like to check that you know how to use it and have a legitimate purpose in mind, so if you feel you would like to have access to our central database, then please get in touch.
This database is added to, corrected and edited almost daily. It is the place you should go to for the latest and most accurate records.
Our data is also available in a whole host of other places. Once or twice a year it is uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network. SEDN has its own Flora Database online, which is uploaded every now and then. Subsets of the data are held by lots of other organisations. All these other databases are smaller and less up to date, but assuming that you do not need the very latest version, they are adequate for most purposes.
>> The National Biodiversity Network is updated annually. Although the NBN web site says you may not use the data for commercial purposes, this is waived by us. It does take time for data to be uploaded to the NBN and for particularly important data enquiries it is worth checking the upload date from here: https://data.nbn.org.uk/Datasets/GA000693.
>> On this web site there are spreadsheets of various data sets, which you may download and use as you like. Look at the pages for the various species groups.
>> Our Flora Database has a few glitches still, but the important task of selecting all records for a site is possible and many people find that handy: follow this link.
>> Many of our reports are available on the map of site-based reports.
>> A summary of our botanical data is in the SEDN Data Dropbox folder and the plant records are also accessible on our own web database, which has just been revived for us by John Handley. It has a few glitches still, but the important task of selecting all records for a site is possible and many people find that handy: follow this link.
>> Shropshire Wildlife Trust has a copy of the database and will provide maps and reports for a fee (about £100 per search). This facility is often used by ecological consultants.
>> Or you can contact us or the Tsars to ask questions. Very few people can make any sense of a list of scientific names, so we are happy to provide interpretation if that helps.